Friday, August 28, 2009

Sep 25/Albuquerque: Section 1983 Litigation in the 21st Century

Free to Solo practitioner/public interest attorney with less than a year of practice and 2009 bar applicants.

Join the American Civil Liberties Union of New Mexico for a Continuing Legal Education program, "Section 1983 Litigation in the 21st Century".
… 5 hours/General Credits
… 1 hour/Professionalism Credit
… 1 hour/Ethics Credit

Date: Friday, September 25, 2009
Time: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
5600 Eagle Rock Avenue NE
Albuquerque, NM 87113 

$125 per attorney.
FREE to solo practitioners/public interest attorneys with less than a year of practice.
FREE to 2009 bar applicants (No CLE credits earned).

Download (pdf) a full CLE schedule/outline:

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Sept 1/Seattle: Student Rights: Tinker & Technology

This installment of the ACLU-WA Civil Liberties 101 CLE series marks the 40th anniversary of Tinker v. Des Moines, the landmark Supreme Court ruling for student rights. Speakers include ACLU-WA Cooperating Attorney Christian Halliburton, who is an Associate Professor at Seattle University School of Law.

Though youths don't have the full rights of adults, they still enjoy fundamental constitutional guarantees. Learn about the kinds of restrictions on student activities that public schools may enforce and the kinds of restrictions which are not constitutionally permitted, particularly in an increasingly technological society. For instance, may the school discipline a student for criticizing the principal on Facebook off-campus and outside of school hours? Find out how attorneys are working to challenge improper limits on student rights, including the freedoms of speech, assembly and protection from unreasonable search.

Co-sponsored by the ACLU-WA Student Club at Seattle University School of Law.

Title: Student Rights: Tinker & Technology

Tuesday, September 1
Seattle University School of Law
Sullivan Hall, Room C5
5:00-6:00 Presentation
6:00-7:00 Informal Reception
Cost: FREE

Approved for 1.0 General Credit, WSBA Seminar #237853


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Sep 30/Seattle: Consumer Protection Basics

The Antitrust, Consumer Protection and Unfair Business Practices Section invites you to a presentation by Paula Selis of the Consumer Protection Division of the Attorney General's Office.

The CLE will cover the basics of consumer protection law in the state of Washington, the Consumer Protection Act and related statutes, as well as relevant FTC law affecting the interpretation of the CPA. Ms. Selis will address the history of the law, the elements necessary to prove a claim, and particular issues of note. She will also address recent developments in the law, particularly in the Internet context.

When: September 30, 2009 Noon to 2:00 p.m.

Where: Perkins Coie LLP 1201 3rd Ave., Ste. 4800, Seattle

ACPUB Section members - Free
Non-ACPUB Section members - Free
Law students - Free

Free pizza lunch for attendees who register before the day of the CLE.

Credits: Approved for 1.75 general CLE credits

Click here to register for this timely seminar:

Questions: Contact Mark Brevard at, 206-464-7030, or Lorraine Lewis Phillips at, 206-623-1900.

Special accommodations: Contact Shyla Alfonso at, 206-359-3980.

Nov 13/DC - Veterans Consortium Pro Bono Training

A one-day class in veterans law, for lawyers volunteers with the Veterans Consortium Pro Bono Program.
Training Location:
D.C. Bar
1101 K Street, NW
Washington, DC 20005
Friday, November 13, 2009 Time TBA

Pre-registration is required.
You may pre-register for this training by contacting Gudrun Jorgenson at or call (202) 621-5718.

CLE Credit: You will have to check with your own jurisdiction to see about CLE credit for this event; however it seems very likely to qualify.

About the Program:
"The Veterans Consortium Pro Bono Program (Program) was created in 1992, with a dual mission: to recruit and train attorneys in the fledgling field of veterans' law; and to provide assistance to unrepresented appellants at the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims (Court).
Under the direction of an Executive Board, Congress created the Court in 1988, and the Court quickly realized that 80% of its appellants were proceeding without legal representation. With the approval of Congress, the Court provided a portion of its annual appropriation to the Legal Services Corporation, which sought proposals to create a program to provide pro bono representation to appellants at the Court. Four national veterans service organizations – The American Legion, the Disabled American Veterans, the National Veterans Legal Services Program, and the Paralyzed Veterans of America – formed The Veterans Consortium (Consortium) and submitted the winning proposal. The Consortium has conducted the operations of the Program since the fall of 1992.
The Consortium provides significant assistance to lawyers and to the appellants seeking assistance from the Pro Bono Program. For volunteer attorneys, the Consortium teaches a one-day class in veterans law. Every attorney who accepts a case from the Consortium receives an analysis of the case prepared by the Consortium's veterans' law specialists. Each attorney also receives extensive research materials published by LexisNexis (including the latest version of the Veterans Benefits Manual and a CD-ROM with an on-line research capability), as well as the assignment of a mentoring attorney to provide advice and assistance as may be required.
Each appellant who requests ProBono Program assistance receives a thorough review of his or her VA claim file. Approximately 40% of the cases evaluated by the Program are accepted for referral to a volunteer attorney. An appellant whose case is not accepted into the Program receives substantive legal advice about his or her case and an explanation as to why the Consortium cannot place the appeal with a volunteer attorney."

Friday, August 21, 2009

Sept 24/Seattle: Cultural Resource Consultation and Executive Order No. 0505

Free to Members of the WSBA Environmental and Land Use Law Section

Thursday, September 24:

ELUL Quarterly Mini-CLE: Cultural Resource Consultation and Executive Order No. 0505

Speaker: Dr. Allyson Brooks, Director, Washington Department of Archeology and Historic Preservation.

When: 4:00 to 5:00 p.m

Location: Women's University Club
1105 Sixth Ave., Seattle


Sept 22/Missouri (6 locations) - UCCJEA, and Domestic Violence with Emphasis in Child Custody

Legal Services of Southern Missouri (LSOSM) is proud to offer free Continuing Legal Education (CLE) events to attorneys who are part of our Judicare and Volunteer Lawyer Panels. Judicare Panel members are attorneys who have agreed to handle LSOSM cases as a reduced fee. Volunteer Lawyer Panel members are attorneys who have agreed to handle LSOSM cases free of charge.

UCCJEA, and Domestic Violence with Emphasis in Child Custody
Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2009
2:00-3:50 pm
Approved for 2 MCLE credits.

(1) Legal Services Offices (Springfield, Rolla, Cape Girardeau, Charleston, West Plains)
(2) The Library Center (4653 S. Campbell, Springfield)


Attorneys currently on the Judicare or Volunteer Lawyer Panels who have access to the judicare extranet ( have pre-registration available to them. Attorneys who have signed up to use this system will receive notification of CLEs by e-mail up to a week before event notices are mailed to other attorneys. Registration is done on-line using the judicare extranet.

Attorneys not signed up to use the extranet will have to call our main office at 1-800-444-4863 to sign up for the event.


Sept 11 /Redmond, WA - Title IX Workshop

Title IX: Tying the Score, Raising the Bar
Friday, Sept. 11, 2009 4 pm - 7 pm
The Bar Method Redmond
Cost: FREE

Approved for 1.0 General CLE Credit, WSBA Seminar #235931


4:00 – 5:00 pm Title IX Workshop

Learn about the history, scope, and impact of Title IX on school athletics, plus Washington's recently enacted "Fair Play" law (SB 5967), which prohibits sex discrimination in public community sports programs. Presented by ACLU of Washington Sports Equity Advocate Linda Mangel, whose experience includes several years as an attorney for the U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights.

In 1972, Congress enacted the landmark law known as Title IX that has had a major impact in ensuring equal access for female athletes in public schools. Title IX bans discrimination based on sex in any education program or activity receiving federal money. As a result of this law, the past three decades have seen an upsurge in opportunities for female athletes. The number of girls participating in high school sports has increased tenfold, from less than 300,000 to almost three million. Despite this significant progress, inequities still exist. The ACLU of Washington and the Women's Sports Foundation partnered to ensure that the historic Title IX law's promise of equality is fulfilled.

5:00 – 6:00 pm Bar Method Workout

A mixture of Pilates, yoga and ballet, the Bar Method workout combines isometrics, dance conditioning, physical therapy, and interval training. Please wear socks or slippers. Exercise pants that cover your knees are recommended. Bar Method Redmond provides a shower, changing room and lockers.

6:00 – 7:00 Reception

Directions & Parking:
7551 166th Ave. NE #D240, in the Redmond Town Center (on the second level across from REI and Macy's, above the Mac Store). Parking is free. (map)


Monday, August 17, 2009

Aug 25/Seattle: Should the Government Recognize Health as a Human Right? A Look at the Health Reform Debate

Sponsor: WSBA World Peace Through Law Section

Title: "Should the Government Recognize Health as a Human Right? A Look at the Health Reform Debate"

Hear a panel discussion with Barbara Flye, of the Office of the Insurance Commissioner, and Dr. Sarah K. Weinberg, of Health Care for All – Washington, on HB 3200, HR 676, Art. 25, Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and Art. 12, International Covenant on Economic, Social, and Cultural Rights.

When: Tuesday, August 25, 2009 Noon to 1:00 p.m.

Where: WSBA Office, 1325 4th Ave., Ste. 600, Seattle WA

Approved for 1 general CLE credit

WPTL Section members – Free
Non-WPTL Section members – $25
Law students – Free


Special Accommodations: Please contact Jennifer Keene at

More Info:

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Multiple locations/dates: West LegalEdcenter Announces Expanded Scholarship Opportunities For Continuing Legal Education Programs

"To help more attorneys earn continuing legal education credits during the economic downturn, West LegalEdcenter has announced additional scholarship opportunities for its live event, live webcast, on-demand and podcast programming."

Scholarships can be a convenient way to make CLE effectively free. For details, please see

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Washington: WSBA Leadership Institute: COMPETITIVE APPLICATION

The Washington State Bar Association Leadership Institute offers 30 free credits of CLE and many other benefits. However, acceptance into this program is very competitive and, if interested, you should get your application started now. Applications for the class of 2010 may be submitted starting August 1, 2009.

Application Limitations:
  • Member of the WSBA
  • Admitted to practice three to ten years.
Other qualifications and how to apply:

I'm not going to give you any hints except to recommend a timely and compelling application, responsive to the stated mission of the Leadership Institute.

Good Luck!